Monday, February 16, 2009
Nyonya Acar Fish (Fish Pickle)
Nyonya food cooking may differ in taste from one region to another. I've to confess that Nyonya recipes are complicated affairs which requires many hours of preparation of the herbs and spices.
My mom is fortunate to have inherited such precious recipes from my paternal grandmother who is a Nyonya. I was introduced to Nyonya food at a relatively young age and remember vividly my late granny's scrumptious meals which include Perut Ikan, Fish Pickle, Gulai Tumis, Jiu Hu Char (Stir-fried turnips and carrots with dried cuttlefish), Sambal Prawn, Chicken Kapitan and many more.
I have always been spoiled by my mom's amazing nyonya fish pickle, so rarely I can find others that is up to par. Acar fish is fish slices that are deep-fried and are pickled together with white vinegar, slices of cucumbers, gingers, turmerics, garlics and strips of red/green chillies.
This tantalizing delicacy is one of the most appetising meals at home. My hubby is such a sucker for this delicacy and it fits his taste buds perfectly. Trust me, he could just eat platefuls of rice with this dish alone. At his request, I learnt to make this dish from my mother but somehow, it didn't turn out too well to his liking but I'm sure there's always room for improvement. It's never easy to please my hubby's taste buds but as long as he knows how to eat, that's all that matters. :)